Our Daily Routine

2017-2018 Daily Routine

After planning our yearly schedule and our weekly routine, it’s finally time to break down our day. Is there a particular order to our day? Which subject do we plan to lead with and how much time are we giving for each subject?

There are two significant factors left off the charts above. Do you notice them?

The first, is that no times are listed. This is meant to be a routine, not a demanding schedule. If we start at 8 o’clock, that’s great. If we don’t start until 10, that’s alright, too. (However, I will confess, this mama much prefers starting at 8 o’clock. It gets the day started nice and early, leaving plenty of quality afternoon time.)

The second, is that no amount of time is given for each subject. Once you’ve been educating for any length of time, you’ll notice that many subjects ‘cross-over’ into another category. For example: If we are studying biology, we might be reading sections of literature on famous microbiologists or writing papers on our findings. If we are studying history, we might cover famous scientists or mathematicians, giving time to their theories and ideas. I would be hard pressed to write down every minute spent studying each subject. Thus, we merely schedule each subject into our day, allowing for the Lord to lead our time. There are days we well exceed the suggested 55 minute course, and days when we finish quickly. As we are studying for mastery and not to simply push through the material, this fits our family’s needs.

So, how do we calculate how much work should be done in a day? Thankfully, most of our material comes already labeled with lesson numbers. Simply doing one lesson per day will get us through the book before the end of the year.  Some curriculum does not have these helpful labels, thus mom takes the time to calculate our pace. I do this by dividing the number of pages in each book by the number of days we plan to do school, e.g., our science book has 360 pages, we will be schooling for 180 days, therefore, in order to finish the material by the end of the school year, we will be completing two pages of work per day. Keep in mind, however, not every day is spent in the book; we also like to take time for activities and field trips. Thus, I usually plan a number of pages to be completed each week, giving us the freedom to negotiate our time for such activities.

For brevity’s sake, I did not list each area covered under Language Arts on this chart. However, to clarify for whomever might be interested, Language Arts includes spelling, writing, literature, and reading, as well as grammar and composition.

Looking at the chart above, one might assume all our children study the same subject at the same time. This is not so. The chart is merely organized for visual purposes so our children know our routine; not because they are expected to be on the same subject at the same time. The opposite tends to be true. We study Bible together, as a family. Then our youngest starts on his handwriting exercises while his sisters begin their language arts lessons. When they are done, no matter how long it takes them, they move on. No time limits, no restrains. They finish when they are finished.

You might also notice we study a few subjects together, mainly science and history. How do we do this? The area of study is chosen based on our oldest student’s needs. A short lesson is given, which even the younger children can understand. Then the younger two are given short, fun assignments based on our lessons. In addition, the older two are given more challenging reading assignments which correspond to the lesson, along with projects of their own. (It’s interesting to note, not only does our family prefer this method of learning, they also learn more than what our state suggests at each level.)

After a lunch break and some free time, our family works on chores together. (Yes, this too is planned into our day. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!) Each day of the week has its own chore list to be accomplished.

Electives are a part of the daily routine. However, our children are permitted to finish these at their leisure. They are welcome to knock them out before we even begin our learning day, work on them throughout the day, or finish them off as they are skirting into bed. Some electives are done on a daily basis (Spanish/Typing/Music); some are project based (Computer Technology/Film).

Lastly, please note our Friday routine is very different from the rest of our week. This day is reserved for learning ‘in the field’. We haunt our local library; visit with friends; go on field trips; attend homeschooling functions; and, generally speaking, have fun!

One final thought: Anyone who knows us well, has seen us out and about, or read this blog for any length of time, knows we love to read. Reading is not something I schedule in, because it is not necessary. We read like we breathe: constantly. In fact, getting them to put down a book is the challenge!

We’d love to know… Do you have a daily routine? We’d love to hear about it!

14 thoughts on “Our Daily Routine

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  3. I am enjoying reading your blog, and am finding a thing or two here that may “fix” some of the minor issues I see in our day. I struggle with the daily routine. I used to be so relaxed and some how I got very structured to the point of even hating myself.

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    • I’m blessed to hear you are encouraged by what you’re finding. May the Lord continue to direct your homeschooling and show you how to best meet your children’s needs.

      Routine is a wonderful thing. But, when IT rules your day, and not what’s best, it might be time to rethink our thinking. From time-to-time, we all need a little re-evaluation. Thanks for sharing!


      • You would think I would have this down all these years down the road, but life changes. You said you don’t follow a timed schedule, but instead a routine. I think that is where we are failing. I feel so behind if we don’t hit the times we are supposed to be doing something. We may give your way a shot next week and see how things work out. I worry about it seeping into the evening hours to much, but a trial week can’t hurt.

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      • Give it a shot, and let us know how it turns out! Routine, for us, is key. I completely understand the time issue. It can be all too easy to look at the clock and think ourselves ‘behind’. What I try to ask myself is, “Behind who or what?”

        Are we learning a little later than I would like? Lesson learned; start a little earlier. Did we not get everything done? Perhaps we learned other important lessons instead.

        If, in the midst of my pushing the kids to get done faster or earlier, I have destroyed their love of learning and the joy in our home, I have defeated the purpose of education. I need to look at the bigger picture; what’s the greater good? Then, I need to do it!

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  5. I am right there with you with not placing so much focus on the clock! I feel like it takes of the pressures of meeting unexpected expectations, more in myself rather than in my children. Although, they do notice if Mommy gets stressed out so I like to keep that to a minimum! I love your layout and I’m considering the 6 on, 2 off calendar in the future. I’ll be posting our schedule(s) closer to the time we get started (2nd week of August)! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. We also follow the routine not times idea. For us we do our main science and history lesson on Monday along with bible and spelling which are everyday, hubby is off on Mon. so we also do Dad-scouting classes which include auto mechanics, wood shop, homesteading, woodsman skills, etc and make a run to town for errands, the library and such.. Tues – Thursday we do writing, spelling, grammar, math, Bible, and character. Friday is Fun Friday when we do a spelling test and any other test that may be scheduled as well as art then play educational games the rest of the day. If he goofs off the rest of the week and doesn’t get his work completed though he loses part or all of the game time on Friday. We read everyday and use our writing assignments through the week to reinforce what he is studying in science and history.

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